Scotiabank Giller Prize, Nov 10, 2014 @The Ritz-Carlton

The 21st Scotiabank Giller Prize was held in the grand ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton and televised by CBC (click on the link to view the show) on November 10, 2014.  The Giller Prize, the richest literary award for fiction recognizes Canadian authors for the talents.  The prize $100,000 goes to the winner and $10,000 going to other finalists.

Founded by Jack Rabinovitch in honour of his late wife Doris Giller, the award recognizes the talents of Canadian fiction writers.  This year, the jury (Sauna Singh Baldwin, Justin Cartwright and Francine Prose), read 161 novels that 63 publishers submitted.

With another great turnout to the event, Cynthia Dale, Gill Deacon, Matt Galloway, Anna-Maria Tremonti, David Chilton, Bob Rae, Moses Znaimer and many of Toronto’s elite.  Guests arrive at the venue and mingled during the cocktails reception with the Giller Prize finalists, notable presenters, past Giller Prize winners and other A-Listers that came out in support of Canada’s talented writers.

The televised portion of the night was hosted by Rick Mercer (aka the Giller Filler) with presentations from Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy) for “The Betrayers“, Jessica Pare (Mad Men) for “The Girl Who Was Saturday Night“, Yannick Bisson (Murdoch Mysteries) for “Tell“, Naomi Klein (author) for “All My Puny Sorrows”, David Usher (musician) for “Us Conductors“, Deepa Mehta (director) for “The Ever After of Ashwin Rao” and piano performance from Jan Lisieki

The 2014 short list finalists were: David Bezmozgis, The Betrayers; Frances Itani, Tell; Sean Michaels, Us Conductors; Heather O’Neill, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night; Miriam Toews, All My Puny Sorrows; and Padma Viswanathan, The Ever After of Ashwin Rao.

As the audience and viewers at home wait on the results, Jack Rabinovitch (founder) and Brian Porter (President of Scotiabank) present the Giller Prize to… Sean Michaels, for his debut novel Us Conductors (which will soon be available in hard cover), is about the life of Lev Teremin, the Russian American, the inventor of The Theremin.  Sean Michaels is a writer from Montreal, he was surprised as he beat out more established writers and the first $100,00 winner.

Special thank you to Dayna Shiskos, (Publicist for Radio and CBC Music) for invitation to cover this amazing event